Monday, August 25, 2008
I don't know why, but sometimes certain things really inspire me. Like this insanely expensive set of twig crayons I saw in Chasing Fireflies, a children's catalog that recently showed up at our doorstep. For some reason my inner child is dying to draw with them!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Imagine my delight and surprise last night after she had left, when I went into the room she had played in.
A perfectly set tea table, complete with napkins and everyone on their best behavior - even the baby in the highchair.
This is tangible proof that children mimic the behavior they see and it is humbling to me to realize how much influence we as adults have. Think about that the next time your child exhibits less than stellar behavior - how much of it is mimicing the adult and what skills have you taught, by your actions, on how to handle a situation .
A humbling thought ....
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Gold medal goes to the small Suncherry ( seen here second from the left ) for sweetness, early ripening, amazing tomato taste and just all-around cuteness. Congratulations, little guy !
Next up : Tomato juice - a team event. Stay tuned for results.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I present to you The Yard Long Bean !!!!
I believe it will be a serious contender for Gold.Stay tuned to your local stations for the results of this exciting contest and remember, you saw it first here at Chez RFD.
P.S. The bean is really truly one yard long - I measured it.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
and new houses on a river , peeking through the trees.
And a surprise in a bathtub ! Thank goodness not real, but made of cast iron - Mainers can be very quirky and quite funny.
There's the ubiquitous moose - this one in a house made out of a barn,
Saturday, August 2, 2008
We learned to build a clay oven and were able to fire it within 3 hours. Once the fire burned down, we were able to bake a pita bread ! We even mixed the clay for the ovens in that period of time. A great project to do with kids because of the instant gratification and success and the gooey, messy, fun factor.
Lots of baking demonstrations went on everywhere. Look at those yummy brioches filled with a mixture of ground hazelnuts, sugar, grated orange rind, a touch of cinnamon , topped with chocolate ! Of course we had to sample everything and all of us were laboring under serious carbohydrate overload for the three days of the conference.
On the left is my favorite bread of all made with - surprise - sprouted wheat and sourdough and on the right is a very fancy art bread with the kneading conference logo in the middle.